• Companies join forces for recycling initiative

    Companies join forces for recycling initiative

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    • October 20, 2017

    Organisations from across the paper cup supply chain have signed an agreement with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) to accelerate UK recycling of PE lined paper cups. The cross-industry collaboration will work towards delivering a long-term, nationwide paper cup recycling solution which complements and builds on the recycling activities achieved

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  • Counterfeits will deprive 5 million of jobs

    Counterfeits will deprive 5 million of jobs

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    • October 20, 2017

    A new report has predicted five million global job losses as a result of counterfeiting and piracy over the next five years. ‘Illicit Trade: Fueling Terror Financing and Organised Crime’ has estimated that the total economic and social costs globally due to counterfeiting and piracy worldwide, which stood at USD 737 to USD 898 billion

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  • Brands’ negative impact caused by litterers

    Brands’ negative impact caused by litterers

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    • October 20, 2017

    The ‘sea of litter’ in England is costing taxpayers £1 billion per year, according to environmental organisation Keep Britain Tidy. The independent charity also revealed in a survey that 62% of the population have admitted to dropping litter onto our streets. The same amount of people (62%) also admitted that they were ‘concerned about the

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  • Designers showcase arts made with recycled plastics

    Designers showcase arts made with recycled plastics

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    • October 20, 2017

    ECO-oh!, an organisation which strives to make sustainable products out of waste materials, has collaborated with four Dutch designers, to present its work and showcase some of its compilations at Dutch Design Week. From October 21st to 29th, ‘The New Normal: Let’s recycle for life’ exhibition will be at the Ketelhuisplein, featuring work by Dutch

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  • Attack of the clones

    Attack of the clones

    New research shows how UK consumers shop on autopilot and are fooled by products in similar packaging. Products packaged to look like familiar brands fool us, prompting mistakes. The research was sparked by a report by Which? in 2013 that identified around 150 products in similar packaging and found that, of the 2,244 people surveyed,

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  • Food and drink exports grow 8.5%

    Food and drink exports grow 8.5%

    The first half of 2017 saw exports of all UK food and drink grow to £10.2bn, up 8.5% on H1 2016. This represents the highest first half exports value on record. The UK’s top 3 export products are whisky, salmon and beer. Contrary to recent export trends, stronger growth was reported to EU countries (+9.0%)

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  • PACKAGING IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

    PACKAGING IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

    Disruptive design and collaboration are accelerating the move to a more sustainable future, where products, and their packaging, are more easily used, disassembled, and regenerated, according to global provider of rigid & flexible packaging, Amcor.

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  • British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

    British Standard for the ‘circular economy’ launched

    A new standard which recognises how organisations and individuals are contributing to the circular economy has been launched by BSI (the British Standards Institution). The ‘circular economy’ is a concept which challenges organisations to re-think how their resources are managed to create financial, environmental and social benefits. BS 8001 was developed to meet these mutually

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  • Survey shows industry reliant on EU workers

    Survey shows industry reliant on EU workers

    A recent survey by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) shows that the industry remains reliant upon EU workers — especially temporary workers — and that Brexit has encouraged many companies to consider automating some roles. The UK plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing sector in terms of employment, employing 166,000 people, of which, roughly

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